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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Teen Mothers
Q: How do States vary in their birth rates for teen mothers ages 15-17?
A: The 2019 birth rate for teen mothers ages 15-17 in Mississippi was the highest in the nation and more than seven times the rate in New Hampshire, which had the lowest rate.

*The number of births per 1,000 females in age group.

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  • The U.S. birth rate for teen mothers ages 15-17 fell 77% between 1999 and 2019.
  • During this period, the birth rate for teen mothers ages 15-17 declined in every state, ranging from a decrease of 55% in South Dakota to a decrease of 84% in Oregon.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01304.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on April 16, 2021.

Data Source: Births: Final Data for 2019. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 70, No. 2. [PDF]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2021.

 

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